"It's time to redeem the craft, to reclaim the creativity endowed to us by God, to fill performace spaces all over the world with people who are passionate about the craft, equipped for the work and empowered by the Holy Spirit." Listen to Tracy Manning, Managing and Artistic Director of Theatre, describe her passion for theatre at Taylor.
Theatre students at Taylor are willing to do the hard work. They sacrifice time and energy and immerse themselves into their craft - working together, challenging each other to create a quality performance that honors God and their own pursuit of excellence.
If you become a Taylor theatre student, you can expect:
Strong, intentional community: Taylor is known for community, Christian fellowship, and discipleship.
Whole-person development: Excellence at Taylor isn't just about your mind. Faculty and staff—as well as your peers—care about every aspect of your life, from how your team is doing in intramurals to your relationship with Christ.
High-quality productions: Your passion and commitment to developing your craft will not go unnoticed. You'll be pushed to give your best and to improve upon your best, while participating in productions that will strengthen your resume for a future in theatre.
Taylor Theatre uses Mitchell Theater, a space uniquely designed for flexibility in set design, for its full-length productions. Theatre students also have access to a black box theatre in Rupp Communication Arts Center, which they can use for small productions or theatrical exercises.
Student-produced casebooks offer key insight into the theatre's mainstage productions. These collections of careful research, analysis and reflection improve the theatrical experience as they allow the director, production team, and audience familiarize themselves with the play both before and after the performance.
Opportunities Outside of the Classroom and Theatre Performances
The Taylor Touring Company exists for two primary reasons: training and ministry. Each fall we produce a new play that we commit to touring with for at least nine months. We present the show at churches, schools and businesses. It is a great experience and challenge to maintain characters and story for that long. Each student takes responsibility for a technical aspect of the show and learns the ins and outs of touring a production on a small scale. It also provides a unique opportunity for us to apply theatre to the Word of God, as we perform our work in churches and schools all over the world. The Company has toured since 2007.
Here are some examples of professional connections through businesses that come to campus:
Nathan Garrison, Production Stage Manager, Indianapolis Repertory Theatre
Kevin Gawley, Professional Lighting Designer, University of Wisconsin
Cory Rodeheaver, Scenic Designer, Taylor Studios, Champagne, IL
Actors From the London Stage, on-campus residency
Valerie Smith, Professional Actress (alumni), Director of Theatre Messiah College
Theatre Communications Group (TCG)
Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA)
Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
Study Abroad Programs and Opportunities
As a Taylor student, you will have many opportunities to make a global impact through mission trips or study abroad. A specific overseas program is the Australia Studies Program, which focuses on the arts and performance. You could spend a semester in beautiful Sydney, Australia, honing your craft with professional instructors who share a Christian worldview.